In the past six years the Moral Courage Foundation has given more than $190,000 in college scholarships to students who exhibit good moral character. More than 50 students have received scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000.

According to the foundation's senior advisor Dean Kilmer, "We believe that young people with Christian faith and the courage to live by their faith will become the future great leaders of our city, our state, and even our nation."

"For the foundation to continue to provide scholarships, we need help from the community," stated advisory board member Floyd Bates.

The foundation's first fundraiser for 2015 will be a huge garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the SAGU old gym. Items of all types of furniture, tools, household items, toys, clothing, and much more will be for sale. Barbecue sandwiches will also be on sale beginning at 11 a.m. The foundation is seeking donated items, preferably pre-priced at garage sale prices, which may be dropped off at the garage sale site on Friday between noon and 5 p.m. The entire community is invited to come shop the garage sale on Saturday in support of the foundation.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the foundation will present a premiere showing of the movie "Hoovey."

According to advisory board member Glenna Reisner, "This should be an exciting event for Waxahachie, since the movie was filmed here and a number of local young people and adults are in the movie."

Reisner encourages everyone to come to either the 3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. showing at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Dean Kilmer at 972-921-7934 or visit the foundation's website at

The foundation is once again offering scholarships to college-bound seniors who have exhibited moral courage in their lives. Applications for the 2015 scholarship will be available in schools, churches, and on the Moral Courage Foundation website beginning next week. Advisory board members Paul OíRear and James Speelman have prepared a streamlined version of the application for this year's students.

The foundation will also will continue to honor elementary and junior high students with character achievement awards. More than 75 such awards have been given to worthy students in the past three years.

The Moral Courage Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization in 2008 by Gary Basset and Roy Orr. The foundation's advisory board continues to work as volunteers to promote moral courage in our nation. As Roy Orr states, "What this country needs more than anything else is a good dose of morality!"